Explore 2015 Summer Expeditions with New Videos & Guide

Our 2015 Outward Bound Summer Expeditions in Costa Rica and Panama provide learning experiences that allow participants to build life skills, intercultural competence, Spanish language, and self-awareness. Through varied adventure challenges and service learning expeditions, students expand self-awareness, step up into leadership roles, and discover that they are capable of more than they ever thought possible. These […] Read More >

Get to know the Bribri Indigenous Population of Costa Rica

The Bribri are the largest indigenous population in Costa Rica. Around 10,000 Bribri reside in the mountains of the Talamanca region, and a smaller population live in Bocas del Toro, Panama as well. The Bribri are one of the communities Outward Bound Costa Rica serves on our service learning expeditions, including our Costa Rica & Panama Service Challenge and Venture and Volunteer […] Read More >

Farewell to Our Spring 2015 Outdoor Leader Semester Students

This weekend we bade a bittersweet farewell to our latest group of Outdoor Leader Semester Students. Nine students from across the United States and Canada joined us in Costa Rica and Panama for a 65-day course. They trained in seven internationally-recognized outdoor certifications and learned to become leaders while participating in challenging, outdoor activities. We […] Read More >

Outward Bound Costa Rica Alumna Wins Bright Ideas STEM Competition

Many of our Outward Bound Costa Rica alumni go on to do amazing things after course. Our Girl Scout Destinations Alumna Ashley Chico recently won first place at the Bright Ideas STEM for Today’s Youth finals, a multi-state competition where high school students show how science, technology, engineering and math can bring their ideas to life. […] Read More >

Outdoor Leader Semester Student Update: March 30th

Our Outdoor Leader Semester students have reached the final week of their 65-day course with us in Costa Rica and Panama. Last week, the students returned from a ten-day hike through Central Costa Rica, trekking through rainforest landscapes to homestays with local families in the remote village of Piedras Blancas. “It’s the side of Costa […] Read More >

Outward Bound Costa Rica Celebrates Media Day

This week our Communications team celebrated Outward Bound Costa Rica‘s first media day by spending a day on course with six bloggers and journalists. The group spent time with Executive Director and Founder Jim Rowe, an Outward Bound instructor and one of our students to learn more about the history of Outward Bound Costa Rica and the […] Read More >

Outdoor Leader Semester Student Update: March 12th

Our Outdoor Leader Semester students are more than halfway through their 65-day adventure in Costa Rica. The group recently spent a week in Bocas del Toro, Panama, learning how to scuba dive and completing lifeguard training. We are happy to share that all nine students passed the practical and written exam and are now scuba […] Read More >

Things to Know About the Pacuare River

Often considered the best river to ride in Costa Rica, the Pacuare River amazes visitors with its world-class rapids and breathtaking scenery. This popular river is 108 km long and flows from Cordillera de Talamanca (a mountain range of eastern central Costa Rica) to the Caribbean Sea. At Outward Bound Costa Rica we venture to the […] Read More >

5 Common Costa Rican Creatures Found at Manuel Antonio

Costa Rica is known for beautiful beaches and exotic wildlife galore, and there are few better places for this tropical combination than Manuel Antonio. This must-see destination hosts one of the country’s most visited National Parks, as it exemplifies both the idyllic sandy Pacific coast as well as the lush rainforest full of fascinating creatures. Located […] Read More >

Communications & Marketing Director Position

This position has been filled. Review our Work for OBCR page to see what positions are still available. The Communications & Marketing Director oversees all communication and marketing efforts and directly manages three to four staff members with the ultimate aim of effectively promoting all Outward Bound Costa Rica programs, communicating the organizational brand and increasing student enrollment/participation. […] Read More >

Waterfront Lifeguarding: Train for Safety at the Beach

Do you love swimming at the beach in the pounding ocean? Or do you prefer to the tranquility of a lake? Either way, you might be interested in earning your Waterfront Lifeguarding certification, just one of the internationally recognized certifications offered on our Outdoor Leader Semester and our River to Sea Leadership Semester. Keep reading […] Read More >

Outdoor Leader Semester Student Update: February 19th

Our Outdoor Leader Semester students recently completed their Whitewater Rescue Technician training on the Pacuare River. During this phase of their course, the students explored the rivers of Costa Rica while learning and practicing  techniques such as safely swimming through rapids, reading whitewater, swiftwater rescue, self-rescue and personal safety. “The river was our first sense of […] Read More >

Featured Alumni Ambassador: Olivia Martin

We’re always proud to hear about our Outward Bound Costa Rica alumni and their amazing accomplishments. Participants of our Alumni Ambassador program help spread the word about their life-changing experiences on course. If you would like to join the team and be a featured alumnus on our blog, start by filling out our Alumni Ambassador […] Read More >

The History of Outward Bound Costa Rica: A Crash Course

    For the past 20 years, Outward Bound Costa Rica has challenged participants to live bigger, bolder lives as the leader of outdoor and experiential education in Central America with courses in Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua. Outward Bound, a non-profit organization facilitating outdoor education, was founded more than 70 years ago and has schools […] Read More >

Outdoor Leader Semester Student Update: February 9th

Our Outdoor Leader Semester students have been in Costa Rica for more than a week, completing Wilderness First Responder training on our rainforest base. During their rigorous training, the group learned skills such as First Aid and CPR, practiced rescue scenarios in the wilderness, and studied for a technical exam. “I learned almost as much about myself […] Read More >

Six Benefits of Summer Programs Abroad

Whether you’re hiking through the remote rainforest, scuba diving coral reefs, or learning to surf in warm water breaks, our Outward Bound Costa Rica Summer Expeditions are packed with adrenaline-pumping fun. But fun aside, there are numerous educational and cognitive benefits of participating in an international education summer program abroad. Let’s take a look at […] Read More >

Welcoming Our Spring 2015 Outdoor Leader Semester Students

Yesterday our Spring 2015 Outdoor Leader Semester students arrived at base to start their 65-day adventure in Costa Rica and Panama. Nine students are joining us from California, Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Vermont, Washington and Canada. “I have always been very physical, and I love the outdoors… so Outward Bound [Costa Rica] was a natural […] Read More >

Communications & Marketing Internship in Costa Rica: Summer 2015

We are no longer accepting applications for this position. Who We Are Founded in 1994, Outward Bound Costa Rica School offers a range of experiential education programs promising challenging physical activities across Costa Rica and Panama with a focus on personal development, leadership, and cultural immersion. Participants include mostly high school and college-age young people […] Read More >

Girl Scouts travel to Costa Rica to participate in a service adventure [VIDEO]

Every year Girl Scouts travel to Costa Rica to participate in service adventures. This December, Girl Scout troop 5644 from Virginia joined us in Costa Rica for a customized Group Program. During their eight-day course, the girls made a difference in local communities while participating in culturally-rich service projects working with the indigenous Cabecar population in […] Read More >

¡Bienvenido a Wade! OBCR’s New Communications and Marketing Intern

Outward Bound Costa Rica is thrilled to welcome our new Communications and Marketing Intern, Wade Angeli, to our communications team! Wade will be assisting the team with program outreach, enrollment, creating marketing materials, managing social media, and blogging. He looks forward to using his skills and experience to promote OBCR. Wade Angeli Hometown: Centreville, VA Education: […] Read More >